At 25, Emily Ratajkowski is exactly the right age to recall the difficult things that happened on the road to making her name in the modelling world. “When I was modelling I didn’t get sexually harassed, although the environment certainly was not a positive one,” she says, during a call from New York. “For example, I did a shoot for Interview magazine when I was 17 and I think it was the first time I had been named. And after I was identified as famous I was called on camera in several places in the past to buy sex or give me sex for magazines and those are things that I would really rather not talk about. I’ve been dealing with that privately for years.”
When she was growing up in Columbus, Ohio, Ratajkowski had two ambitions: “That’s how old I was when I was let go from first grade, and when I first learned to talk – actually eight.”
She dropped out of high school after two years, saying she did not want to wait “to play”, and moved to New York City aged 19, posing for Vogue Italia, T Magazine and a long list of international publications. In 2010 she made her Hollywood debut in Blurred Lines, alongside co-star Robin Thicke. Her fame quickly grew: shots of her dancing at one of Taylor Swift’s concerts went viral. She also struck up a relationship with Drake, and her full-frontal appearance in her debut film was rewarded with a Billboard Hot 100 number one.